The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #783: November 24, 2014

FIRQuick News: Is reputation enough when stakeholder behavior is driven more by confidence?, the internet will hit 3 billion users in 2015 says eMarketer, Mattel’s in trouble again over Barbie, the post-PC CEO: no desk, no desktop; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Is not allowing comments on your blog a good idea?; Dan York’s Tech Report: Why podcasts are suddenly back, the top 7 social media marketing trends that will dominate 2015, and much more; Uber’s crisis; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; the CIPR plans investment in owned and shared content in 2015, ends… Read More »

Friday Wrap #128: Webcams hacked, pay via Snapchat, Pinterest mans up, confidence trumps reputation

Friday Wrap for 11-21-14Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


Your private webcam isn’t so private—Leveraging a vulnerability in private webcams—the fact that a lot of people don’t reset the default password—a Russian website is streaming the video from thousands of such cameras from around the world. A lot of the cameras affected are functioning inside homes and businesses. While security is the main reason many… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #782: November 17, 2014

FIRIntro: FIR is listed in a new search engine for marketing podcasts launched by Jay Baer;

Quick News: Is Google Glass’ future clouded as some early believers lose faith?, beware of “domain laundering”, is YouTube the new television?, troubling results from the popular Serial podcast; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Twitter and Dr Oz, Victoria’s Secret, New England Patriots, Bill Cosby, Calvin Klein… why does nobody ever ask beforehand, “What could go wrong?”; Dan York’s Tech Report, recorded from a plane at Honolulu airport; latest Pew research examines public perceptions of privacy and security in the post-Snowden era; the Media… Read More »

FIR Interview: Philip Young, Project NEMO, on Digital Naturals

Tablet at workWith every passing day, the distinction between online and offline becomes more obscure, says Philip Young as he explains his thinking behind ‘Digital Naturals,’ the topic of conversation with FIR co-host Neville Hobson in this FIR Interview, recorded in November 2014.

Today, Young says, nearly all of us have some digital competence. “We are becoming Digital Naturals, routinely using an array of online tools in our daily lives, even if few of us are completely comfortable in this new environment.”

Young believes the phrase ‘digital natural’ is a far more relevant and accurate way of describing people’s behaviours that transcend the… Read More »

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